Textual Shakespeare: Writing and the Word

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 311 pages
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Reviewing debates in textual theory and practice, this examination concludes that Shakespeare is not a writer but a collection of documents. The argument is presented that modern Shakespeare editions are radical rewritings and that contemporary textual theory opens the way to much more inventive textual activities of reconstruction and translation. This book draws on a wide range of sources, from classical poetry and deconstructionist theory to Anglo-Saxon verse and modern bibliographical scholarship.
 

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Contents

Text
3
Shakespeare
33
Matter
57
Confluence
86
King Lear
117
Macbeth
151
Hamlet
178
Henry V
213
Writing in the Dust
241
Postcript
254
Bibliography
295
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\Graham Holderness is author of 31 books, 22 of which are on Shakespeare and include Cultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare's History, The Shakespeare Myth, Shakespeare: The Histories, and Visual Shakespeare. He is a professor of English; the dean of humanities, languages, and education; and the director of research policy at the University of Hertfordshire.

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